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Man Convicted Again in 1975 Slaying in Maryland

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A man convicted again in the slaying of a Hagerstown police officer in 1975 has been sentenced to life in prison a second time.

A Talbot County Circuit Court judge sentenced 63-year-old Merle Unger Jr. on Monday. Unger's first trial had been moved from Washington County, where this year's retrial was conducted.

Unger killed Donald Kline in a shootout after the off-duty officer interrupted a grocery store holdup in December 1975.

The Maryland Court of Appeals granted Unger a new trial last year because the judge in his original trial gave improper jury instructions.

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